April 2023: Welcome BBSP students Corina and Blake and MD-PhD student Nehemiah to the Song lab!

April 2023: Congratulations to Connor, Yadong, Hechen, Yanjia, Brent, and Seth for their publication in Journal of Translational Medicine! Two papers on Alzheimer’s disease published in one month!

April 2023: Our Cell Stem Cell paper is featured in Vital Signs! Click here

April 2023: Congratulations to Yadong, Yanjia, Ryan, Seth, and Libo for their publication in Cell Stem Cell (our first paper in Alzheimer’s disease)! This article was also selected as a featured article with a preview!

December 2022: Merry Christmas!

September 2022: MD-PhD student Tom Collins joined the Song lab! Welcome to lab, Tom!

May 2022:Congratulations to Yadong, Yanjia, Zeka, Luis, and Libo for their paper entitled ‘Hypothalamic modulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mice confers activity-dependent regulation of memory and anxiety-like behavior’, which is published in Nature Neuroscience! Well done, Song lab!


April 2022: Congratulations on Luis’s graduation!


December 2021: Merry Christmas!


November 2021: Happy Halloween!



September 2021: Congratulations to Brent received Notice of Award for his R21 on astrocytes in Alzheimer’s disease, and officially became a NIH-funded investigator!!

September 2021: Happy Lab Cleaning Day and Welcome Zeka to join Song lab.


July 2021: Congratulations to Dr. Connor Wander (Song Lab) for defending his thesis on “Potential Mechanisms of Hippocampal Resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease Pathophysiology”, under the direction of Professors Juan Song and Todd Cohen.

June 2021: Welcome Taylor Landry and Benxia Hu to join Song Lab!

April 2021: PhD students Elise Edgar and Ryan Sheehy joined Song lab! Welcome to lab, Elise and Ryan!

March 2021: Congratulations to Brent for publishing two articles in Star Protocols!

December 2020: Congratulations to Yadong for receiving the Postdoc Scholar Award during the Annual Departmental Award Ceremony!

September 2020: Congratulations to Connor for officially receiving the NOA for his F31 (funded from the first submission)!

August 2020: Congratulations to Yadong for receiving a prestigious Yong Investigator Award from Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation!

July 2020: Congratulations to Brent and Josh (co-first authors) and the whole Song lab for getting the paper accepted in Neuron! We celebrated it with a Zoom Happy Hour!

June 2020: Congratulations to Luis for receiving the NOA for his F31 fellowship on the first submission! Well-done, Luis!

May 2020: Congratulations to Yadong and Yanjia for their first baby! Welcome to the Song lab, Ryan!

January 2020: Congratulations to Yadong for his paper published in eLife! The fist learning and memory paper from the Song lab! Check out the full article here.

December 2019: Congratulations to Hechen for winning a Pharmacology Scholar Award, as announced at the department’s annual Christmas party!

December 2019:  Congratulations to Josh for successfully defending his thesis!

September 2019: We are excited to announce that  Dr.Juan Song has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and named as Jeffery Houpt Distinguished Investigator!

September 4, 2019: Hechen received Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award! He has been invited to give an oral presentation at the meeting. The Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA) is a year-long merit-based professional development award program. For more information, please click here. Hechen’s abstract was also selected as a oral presentation in SFN. Congrats, Hechen!

November 2019: Congratulations to Juan for receiving an Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award!

June 12, 2019: Congratulations to our new PhD, Andrew Crowther! He successfully defended his PhD on June 12, 2019. The title of his thesis talk was “The role of the 5‐HT1A receptor at the intersection of sex, stress, SSRIs, and stem cells”.

May 2019: Congratulations to Juan for receiving Mentor of the Year Award from UNC Neuroscience Curriculum!

March 2019: Congratulations to Hechen for winning the Best Oral Presentation, and Brent, Josh and Luis for winning the Best Poster Presentations at the PHCO Departmental Retreat!

November 28, 2018: Hechen’s review “Treating Brain Disorders by Targeting Adult Neural Stem” is published in Trends in Molecular Medicine as a Cover Article! Check out the full article here.


October 12, 2018: Congratulations to Juan being awarded the 2018 Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!


July 27, 2018: Congratulations to Chia-Yu and Brent for having  their paper published in Neuron! The paper is titled, “Mossy Cells Control Adult Neural Stem Cell Quiescence and Maintenance through a Dynamic Balance between Direct and Indirect Pathways“. It is available online today! you can read more about the paper here.

June 22, 2018: Congratulations to Hechen’s article and cover has been selected as one the 8 articles as Best Of 2017 in Cell Stem Cell!


March 13, 2018: Congratulations to Andrew and Szu-Aun for publishing our labs newest paper and the cover paper for the March 13, 2018 issue of Stem Cell Reports! The paper is titled, “An Adeno-Associated Virus-Based Toolkit for Preferential Targeting and Manipulating Quiescent Neural Stem Cells in the Adult Hippocampus“. You can read more about the paper here.

November 2, 2017: Congratulations to Hechen  for pioneering our lab’s first first-author research publication in Cell Stem Cell! You can read more about the paper here. Hechen also designed the cover for this issue!

August 2017: Congratulations to Brent for receiving the NRSAD Young Investigator Award! NRSAD grants are some of the most prestigious in the field of mental health research. You can read all about it here.

April 17, 2017: Aashka has been selected to receive a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award! The competition for these awards are very intense with only a select few proposals being funded. Congratulations, Aashka!

March 17, 2017: Congratulations to Christina for being awarded an Honorable Mention for a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

February 16, 2017: The Song lab received a Gold Medal status after passing our EHS laboratory safety assessment with flying colors! Special shoutout to Josh for leading the inspection and getting us this distinction.


December 6, 2016: Congratulations to Brent for being awarded the prestigious Junior Faculty Development Award! Learn more about the award here.

November 15, 2016: Hechen presented his talk at the Regulation of Adult Neurogenesis Nanosymposium at Neuroscience 2016 as one of the eight speakers.

November 14, 2016: Surprises at SfN 2016! The cover image of the May 4, 2016 edition of Journal of Neuroscience (created by former lab member Reid Olsen) is on the San Diego buses! Read more about the cover article here.


September 9, 2016: Cheers to the start of the school year! The Song Lab welcomes our three rotating graduate students—Christina Catavero, Connor Wander, and Luis Quintanilla. We went out to Tyler’s Taproom in Carrboro for some great beer and food.capture

August 17, 2016: Hechen was selected to present his abstract at the Society for Neuroscience nanosymposium in San Diego, CA this November! The title of his abstract is “Long-range septal GABAergic circuits mediate neural stem cell maintenance and neurogenesis via GABA-induced depolarization of local parvalbumin interneurons in the adult brain.” Congratulations Hechen!

June 13, 2016: Dr. Song was awarded an ECBR grant to conduct research on the potential health effects on neuronal stem cells due to Zika virus infection. To read the departmental news release, follow this link. To read the UNC healthcare release, click here instead.

May 5, 2016: The lab had an image from a paper, in collaboration with Stephanie Gupton’s lab, featured on the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience! To see the cover and read the Pharmacology Department’s statement, click here.
JNeurosci May 4 Cover

April 13, 2016: Szu-Aun received highest honors in biology for her senior honors thesis, Regulation of Adult Neurogenesis by the Hippocampal Cholecystokinin Network. To learn about the requirements for this prestigious distinction, visit the biology department’s official webpage on the subject.

February 16, 2016: Andrew received a notice of award for his NRSA from the National Institute for Mental Health! NRSAs are highly selective sources of funding to conduct novel research given by the NIH. The NIH describes an NRSA as “supporting the training of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers through individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships, and institutional research training grants.”

January 26, 2016: Reid’s LabTV interview video from his time in the Song Lab is up! Click here or the video screenshot below to watch it.
Reid Video Screen

January 7, 2016: Reid was selected to receive one of the 2015 Joy Cappel Young Investigator Awards by Rockland Antibodies and Assays! Each award comes with $4,000 to use polyclonal antibody development and related services provided by Rockland. To find out more about the award, click here.
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December 22, 2015: Reid was selected to receive a 2016 Tanner Undergraduate Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the University Committee on Teaching Awards! The distinguished achievement is presented to five graduate mentors of undergraduate students at the university every year and is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend and a framed citation. Reid and the other four recipients will be celebrated during the half-time ceremony of the UNC men’s basketball home game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on February 14. To read more about the prestigious award, follow the link.
Reid Dean Dome Award

December 10, 2015: Reid won a Pharmacology Scholar Award, as announced at the department’s annual Christmas party. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize! Click here to see the department’s official news article.

November 23, 2015: Josh’s LabTV interview was published this morning! To watch his interview, follow the link or click the video screenshot below.
Josh Video Screen

November 11, 2015: Dr. Song and Andrew had their LabTV interviews uploaded this morning! To listen to what they had to say, click here to visit the UNC channel or their respective screenshot icons.
Dr. Song Video Screen
Andrew Video Screen

October 16, 2015: Dr. Song gave a talk at Inscopix’s SfN pre-meeting symposium about the use of nVista technology in the lab! Click here to learn more.
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September 30, 2015: Szu-Aun and Isaac had their LabTV interviews showcased on the Department of Pharmacology’s website! Follow the link to read the article.

September 17, 2015: Szu-Aun and Isaac had their LabTV interviews published today! LabTV is an initiative by the NIH to motivate students to engage in scientific research by showing them examples of current young researchers that they can relate to. Click here to watch their interviews.
Szu-Aun Video Screen
Isaac Video Screen

August 20, 2015: Reid won a 2015 Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award! It includes a $1,000 stipend and complimentary registration for Neuroscience 2015. To learn more about the award, follow this link.

July 31, 2015: Reid received his notice-of-award for his NRSA today! For more information on NOAs, click here.

July 6, 2015: Josh was selected for an appointment to the NIGMS T32 Genetics training grant by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences! The highly competitive grant covers the in-state tuition and student fees of recipients for an entire scholastic year. For more information, click here.

July 2, 2015: Reid received word that he won an National Research Service Award from the NIH! For more information on NRSAs, click here.

June 18, 2015: Szu-Aun and Isaac won travel grants from UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Research to attend Neuroscience 2015! These grants are given to students to attend and present at conferences. Neuroscience 2015 is being held in Chicago and runs from October 17-21. It is the preeminent conference on neuroscience, boasting a yearly attendance of 30,000 neuroscientists. For more information on travel grants, visit this page. To learn more about Neuroscience 2015, click here.
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April 27, 2015: Szu-Aun secured a William and Ida Taylor Honors Research Fellowship! These awards are given to Honors Carolina students that are involved in a SURF. For more information on the award, click here.

April 17, 2015: The lab celebrated Sarah’s final day in the lab. Sarah will be pursuing a master’s degree in public health at Emory University.

April 1, 2015: Szu-Aun won a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award from UNC! SURF is one of the programs administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Through SURF, students receive funding to conduct research at the university over the summer. For more information on the highly competitive program, click here.

March 27, 2015: The Pharmacology retreat was held at the UNC Friday Center. Dr. Song was one of the invited speakers at the event. She gave a talk titled “Location, location, location: Visualizing in vivo dynamics of migrating neuroblasts in the adult hippocampus.” During the second poster session, Reid presented his poster titled “Regulation of adult neurogenesis by the hippocampal cholecystokinin network.” Reid was one of the five award recipients for the best poster presentations. For more information, click here.